To be admitted to the SOAR Program,
applicants must apply and be admitted to the University of North Florida
Graduate School AND to the SOAR Program. Learn more about the SOAR Program, the school counseling
profession and the admissions process at a SOAR Information Session.
SOAR Invites you to an Information Session in the College of Education and Human Services (Building 57, Room 3430). Information Sessions last approximately one hour.
Reservations are not necessary.
November 14, 2015
January 14, 2016
February 6, 2016
February 22, 2016
March 31, 2016
April 16, 2016
Refer to the Graduate School
for requirements for admission to the University. Only applicants
admitted to the Graduate School are considered for admission to the SOAR
Program. It is important for applicants to begin the process of
applying to the University as soon as possible. All required documents
should be submitted to the Graduate School prior to the deadline date.
copies of transcripts and test scores must be sent to the UNF Graduate School
as part of the Graduate admissions process. Applicants will interview
with a selection committee comprised of program faculty and practicing school
counselors and will deliver a brief public speech on the achievement gap
(see page 10 of the SOAR Portfolio).
exception may be awarded to an applicant who meets all the admission criteria
except their GPA. An applicant with a GPA of less than 3.0 in their last 60
hours of undergraduate studies as calculated by the Graduate School is eligible
for award consideration. Each program has a very limited number of exceptions,
so awards are competitive. An applicant
who has a GPA of lower than 3.0 may request a review of his/her application by
submitting a letter detailing the reasons that an exception to the admission
policy should be granted. This letter should be submitted to the School
Counseling Program Director prior to interviewing. The letter will become part
of the application and be reviewed during the student selection process.
Applicants must meet one of the testing requirements below:
GKT is recommended for entry to the School Counseling Program because it is
also required by the Florida Department of Education for certification.
For students who use the GRE as their entry exam, the GKT must be completed by
the end of the first fall semester. You can get more information at http://www.fl.nesinc.com/ .
Please note: It takes
approximately 6 weeks to receive all your GK test results. All test results must
be received by the Graduate School application deadline.
take the GRE in lieu of the General Knowledge Test, but you must receive a combined
verbal and quantitative score of 297 or higher (or 1000 on the old test). Contact
the UNF Testing Center (www.unf.edu/dept/testing/index.html) for more
note, once in the program you will still be required to take and pass the GKT
by the end of your first fall semester.
Three letters from professional references are required. Please adhere to the following guidelines for your letters.
If currently employed or recently employed in prek-12 schools or higher education, provide one letter of reference from your school principal and/or assistant principal, or higher education administrator.
For non-education careers, provide a letter from a current or recent supervisor.
For the two additional letters, please select either professors from your undergraduate work, and/or professional associates who can provide observational comments pertaining to:
Personal and/or social acquaintances and relatives are unacceptable references.
All references need to include telephone contact information and on business/organization stationery.
Letters can be scanned into a .pdf file and emailed to the Graduate School at firstname.lastname@example.org or they can be mailed to:
UNF Graduate School1 UNF DriveJacksonville, FL 32224
SOAR Program Information
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